Course Outline

PSY304 Human Associative Learning

Course Coordinator:Kate Mulgrew (kmulgrew@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course examines the principles, processes and mechanisms by which humans and other species acquire information about the world and translate that information into action. You are introduced to the major theories of learning, empirical research that supports for these theories, and applications of learning theory to behaviour change and maintenance. You will learn to conduct research with humans and animals based on established learning principles.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 1 hour online asynchronous learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop in computer lab 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Refer to CANVAS for details 1hr Week 1 2 times

Course Topics

  • Theoretical foundations (classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning)
  • Applications with a focus on behaviour change

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Understand and apply core and advanced research paradigms in human associative learning Knowledgeable
2 Critically evaluate research and research data in specific populations Creative and critical thinker
3 Select and apply scientific knowledge to everyday human associative learning issues Empowered
4 Present information in a clear and concise manner in appropriate style Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

(PSY200 and PSY201) or (PSY200 and SCI110 and enrolled in AE304 or SE303)

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Assistance will be provided in tutorials to prepare you for the first tutorial piece. Informal feedback will be provided in tutorials.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Written Piece Individual 10%
1000 words
Week 5 Online Submission
All 1b Written Piece Individual 10%
1000 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All 2 Report Individual 40%
2000-2500 words
Week 11 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
2 hours
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1a:Workbook Part 1a
Goal:
The purpose of this workbook is to increase your understanding of the dominant research paradigms in learning research. You are required to write up two of the experiments conducted in laboratory class time based on the Sniffy program and other experiments. You write up one experiment for Part 1 of the Workbook and a different experiment for Part 2 of the Workbook (Task 2).Group data will be collected and presented in class and a set of questions will be provided for each workbook.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Written piece submitted online.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Accurate description of experiment and data
1
2
Critical analysis of topic
2
3
Clear and concise presentation
4
All - Assessment Task 1b:Workbook Part 1b
Goal:
The purpose of this workbook is to increase your understanding of the dominant research paradigms in learning research. You are required to write up two of the experiments conducted in laboratory class time based on the Sniffy program and other experiments. You write up one experiment for Part 1 of the Workbook (Task 1) and a different experiment for Part 2 of the Workbook.Group data will be collected and presented in class and a set of questions will be provided for each workbook.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Written piece submitted online.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Accurate description of experiment and data
1
2
Critical analysis of topic
2
3
Clear and concise presentation
4
All - Assessment Task 2:Behaviour Change Report
Goal:
The aim of this laboratory report is to increase your understanding of the behaviour modification process. You will prepare a laboratory report outlining the results of a behaviour modification program. You will be required to select a behaviour you wish to modify, collect data outlining the operant (baseline) level of the behaviour, design and implement an intervention strategy, monitor changes in the behaviour post-intervention, and critically evaluate their intervention
Product: Report
Format:
APA style laboratory report.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrated understanding and application of relevant associative learning concepts and theories
1 2
2
Use, critical evaluation, and application of research
2 3
3
Critical evaluation of the behaviour modification program
3
4
Clear and concise communication in appropriate format
4
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination covering the entire course
Goal:
The purpose of this exam is to assess your knowledge of the course content.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Online
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Accuracy of responses
1 2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Paul Chance 2013 Learning and Behavior 7th Cengage Learning
Recommended Apple store 0 Sniffy the Virtual Rat n/a n/a

Specific requirements

Nil

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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The SafeUSC Specialist Service is a Student Wellbeing service that provides free and confidential support to students who may have experienced or observed behaviour that could cause fear, offence or trauma. To contact the service call 07 5430 1226 or email studentwellbeing@usc.edu.au.

Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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  • Deferred Examinations
  • Student Academic Misconduct
  • Students with a Disability

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